Well, it seems those supposedly informed retailers were wrong.
The image you see here comes from the leaked L.A. Noire trailer. Rockstar has already removed the video for copyright reasons, but not before many sources snagged the important information: it seems Team Bondi's innovative and potentially evolutionary title will be available on May 17, not April 5, as recent retailer evidence suggested. That trailer will officially go live on Monday but some naughty little monkey posted it to YouTube earlier this morning. Rockstar acted quickly but you can't avoid the searching gaze of hundreds of interested sites, you know? All we know about that trailer is that it's called "Serial Killer," and shows Detective Cole Phelps working on the case. Apparently, that MotionScan technology is in full effect and is awfully impressive. The May 17 date is nearly 6 weeks later than the date predicted by GameStop and Amazon, but it does fall in line with the expected "Spring 2011" date already offered by the publisher.
So yeah, come Monday, everything should be official. Make sure you check out that trailer when it drops; it should be something special.
Related Game(s): L.A. Noire